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No Gay Pride For Seattle Space Needle: VIDEO

General Motors is flying the rainbow flag for gay pride, but the same can't be said for the Seattle Space Needle. Though the landmark has previously unfurled the iconic colors to celebrate their LGBT denizens, officials are again foregoing any celebration.

"As we don't raise any flag but the American flag on a regular basis, there are no plans to raise the Rainbow flag again this year. We will continue to support equal rights and actively foster these causes as we have in the past," a needle spokesman told Seattle's Q13 Fox affiliate.

This should come as no surprise: officials last year said they didn't want to "make a habit" of flying the flag.

The absence the flag this year, of course, comes as marriage equality activists are rallying their troops for a public vote on legalizing same-sex nuptials in the Evergreen Flag.

Watch Q13's report AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. It was truly wonderful to see the flag flying two years ago. And it was irritating last year when some people in the community made so much of their decisions to not fly (until a challenge was raised and then met), as if gay rights are the ONLY cause happening. The owners are donating and working with many charities and causes all the time, and it felt like a lot of people were being spoiled brats. The flag doesn't magically appear. It costs moolah to raise and lower and insure these things and they have a lot going on already. This year is the Needle's 50th anniversary, and there are performances and public art and unveilings happening on the ground level.

    Still, I feel the same way as the fellow in the video: It is disappointing (and I think the rainbow flag would look great next to the garish "Galaxy Gold" paint job they gave it to mark the anniversary), and this year it seems all the more important with ref 74 on the ballot. However, if the community makes a fuss about it, they are only wasting energy that could be put toward the real fight (not to strong-arm people into showing their support when they have already proven their support of equality over and over again) and alienating allies over a symbolic gesture. Kind of ridiculous. (I am hoping that if Ref 74 passes (and I think it will), they will fly it then, but who knows.)

    Posted by: T.s. | Jun 21, 2012 12:31:52 PM

  2. Y A W N -- Seattle is boring and gray anyway.

    Posted by: Ronaldo | Jun 21, 2012 12:36:54 PM

  3. Marriage equality is not the most pressing issue for the gay community. Also, I'm glad they didn't fly the flag. The gay community and all this support is getting a little obnoxious.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jun 21, 2012 12:50:16 PM

  4. Y A W N -- Ronaldo is boring and gray anyway.

    Posted by: kelehe | Jun 21, 2012 12:55:50 PM

  5. Should be "Evergreen State" not "Evergreen Flag."
    Andrew, re-read your posts before publishing; they're very hard to read today.

    Posted by: unruly | Jun 21, 2012 1:10:40 PM

  6. Ronaldo, you forgot wet as well.

    Posted by: CHAD | Jun 21, 2012 1:19:48 PM

  7. Leave a comment here:

    I left this one: Dear Space Needle,

    My husband, three children and I love to come to Sky City and the Observation Deck. You seem happy to take our custom and our money, even though we are a pesky "same sex parent" family.

    It's a shame you can't, on even a single day of the year, show solidarity and respect for loyal customers by the simple raising of a piece of cloth. It makes your organization seem cowardly and petty.

    You seem readily available to tart up the Needle at the drop of a hat to anyone who pays for the privilege. You should be just as ready to express a sincere support for equal rights for all citizens.

    Hang your orange head in shame today.

    Posted by: Jeff Kurtti | Jun 21, 2012 2:20:25 PM

  8. Boring, gray, wet, and boring. A rainbow flag in Seattle would mildew anyhow.

    Posted by: Ronaldo | Jun 21, 2012 2:26:11 PM

  9. Time for a needle exchange. Any other pointy things they can put it on?

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Jun 21, 2012 3:11:17 PM

  10. Meh. Not interested in needles and the guys whose c**ks are the size of them.

    Posted by: Alan | Jun 21, 2012 3:14:14 PM

  11. @JEFF...The Space Needle has not traditionally flown other flags in the past, other than the American flag. Yes, they did fly a Pride flag a couple of years those cases an exception was made. We do not need to get bent out of shape because they won't always do it just because some want them to. That is childish and makes us look like spoiled brats. If they, as you say, tart up the needle for anyone who pays for it, then the Seattle LGBT community can pay for that priveledge as well. We bemoan the other side when they falsely say we want "special rights" and very few groups get the chance to fly their flag on the needle...we have done it twice. It makes us sound like we want a special right in this instance.

    There are bigger issues to deal with.

    Posted by: MIKEY | Jun 21, 2012 5:01:21 PM

  12. What a bunch of negative queens. There's lot to do in Seattle. what would you expect being on the N. Pacific Ocean....sunshine and 80 year around?

    Posted by: Maleka | Jun 21, 2012 5:57:53 PM

  13. I do believe I smell a republican somewhere! Dig a little, and you will uncover the culprit.

    Posted by: niles | Jun 21, 2012 8:09:50 PM

  14. It's great to have the rainbow flag fly on the Space Needle, but if we're going to have this fight _every_ year let's just not make a big deal out of this. It was very accommodating for the Space Needle to fly it two years ago. Expecting them to do it every year is not what I expect.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Jun 21, 2012 11:52:55 PM

  15. It's almost 100 degrees in Boston today and the past 2 days. I'll take some of Seattle's gray and cool weather right about now.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 22, 2012 10:07:40 AM

  16. Vancouver is better.

    Posted by: Mei Ling | Jun 22, 2012 3:37:59 PM

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